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4 May 2011

Visit St Alfege, Greenwich

The grand church which dominates the shopping streets of Maritime Greenwich stands on a site which has witnessed Christian worship for nearly a thousand years, since the time when viking raiders kidnapped Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury and murdered him on the site in 1012.

The church which stands today is by Hawksmoor, and was constructed the second, thirteenth century church, collapsed in a storm in 1710. Despite some damage during the Second World War, it is still largely intact. Memorials to a number of royal courtiers still lie beneath the floor, showing evidence of the time when Greenwich was a centre of monarchy.

For more on St Alfege, see the excellent website at http://www.st-alfege.org/


  1. The bellringers are always quite happy to show people how they ring, and give curious folks a try - they meet most Wednesdays at about 8pm.